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In Romance of the Three Kingdoms why do people still use bamboo sticks when paper had already been invented?

Yes, this is historically accurate. Writing on bamboo slips was not entirely abandoned until the 4th century CE---over a century after the Romance of the Three Kingdoms takes place. As the Wikipedia ...
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Is there any idea of why Cao Cao's parents would give him a nearly identical name to the family name?

I’m thinking I should rephrase my comment above as an answer. I believe the correct answer would be “they didn’t”, and that’s why. While the surname and name of Cao Cao almost match in modern ...
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Why was the Records of the Three Kingdoms composed before that of the Later Han?

The short answer is, the historical list (i.e. the image in the question) provided with the year-stamp is not really showing the chronology properly. The key point is Chen Shou's Records of the Three ...
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Did the Palmyrene Empire actually own territory beyond the Euphrates?

The Roman Empire had extended beyond the Euphrates since the second century CE. The Roman province of Mesopotamia had been established by the Emperor Septimius Severus in c 198 CE. (Technically, one ...
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Did Cao Cao really say the greatest traitor resembled an honest man?

I highly doubt it. Bar one line, that almost-exact quote The greatest traitor has always resembled an honest man and the greatest falsehood comes across as truth. Righteousness and evil cannot be ...
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Is there any idea of why Cao Cao's parents would give him a nearly identical name to the family name?

Several points to be made here: As the other answer mentioned, the names are far from identical. Linguists would probably categorise the language spoken at Cáo Cāo's time as Eastern Han Chinese. The ...
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Why did Emperor Xian's flight from Chang'an take one year?

Their itinary as per the Zizhi Tongjian 61 and 62: July 195: The emperor departed Chang'an via the Xuanping Gate. After being briefly stopped by Guo Si's men (who retired when the emperor told them ...
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Why did Emperor Xian's flight from Chang'an take one year?

It is entirely possible. The emperor did not travel alone: he had to travel with his eunuchs, empress, concubines, etc. Lots of women made their trip extremely slow. All of China was infested by ...
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